Mar 1, 2019
Guillaume de Brier has joined the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) in 2015. IPIS is an independent research institute providing tailored information, analysis and capacity enhancement to support those actors who want to realize a vision of durable peace, sustainable development and the fulfillment of human rights.
At IPIS, Guillaume’s research mainly focuses on artisanal 3T and gold mines in Eastern Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic. In DRC, Guillaume has led multiple projects that aimed at strengthening responsible sourcing through mining sites mapping, risk assessment & conflict analysis. In Central African Republic, Guillaume has focused on conflict mapping and drivers of the conflict, which includes minerals extraction, trade and cattle transhumance. Prior joining IPIS, Guillaume has worked for 5 years in the Great Lakes Regions, firstly in Burundi (2.5 years), with the Belgian cooperation (Enabel) and then as a researcher on access to justice. Afterwards, he worked as a Human Rights programme officer at UNAIDS, in Kigali, Rwanda, in charge of HIV prevention amongst prisoners, youth and LGBT community. Guillaume holds a Master in International Relations (Conflict & Development Master, cum laude) from the Gent University and a bachelor in Contemporary History (magna cum laude) from the Free University of Brussels (ULB).
Jan 25, 2019
Also this past October, the Responsible Artisanal Gold Solutions Forum (RAGS Forum) announced several milestones, including the first conflict-free artisanal gold from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) exported to U.S. jewelers. PPA members Enough Project, Signet Jewelers, Google, Apple, MKS PAMP, USAID, Department of Labor, State Department, and RESOLVE are Forum participants.
In addition to enabling this responsible supply chain, the Forum has developed several resources for promoting a legitimate artisanal gold trade. The Artisanal Gold Due Diligence Toolkit is a template for refiners or other downstream buyers to use in their foundational and ongoing supply chain due diligence assessment for potential artisanal sources. And, in spring 2018, the Forum produced “The Journey of Gold”, a Virtual Reality experience exploring an artisanal gold mine in DRC and released on Discovery VR in September 2018. To view these and other resources, please visit the RAGS Forum site.
The Forum is a multi-stakeholder coalition seeking to learn about and address critical barriers to the production and trade of artisanal gold from the Great Lakes Region in a way that verifiably meets national, regional, and international laws and standards for responsible sourcing. For more information, please visit ragsforum.org or contact RESOLVE (Jennifer Peyser: ).
Jan 14, 2019
Financed by the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals, the Alliance for Responsible Mining and RESOLVE have developed the Code of Risk mitigation for ASM engaging in Formal Trade (CRAFT). This open source standard is a detailed tool that enables the application of OECD Due Diligence Guidance while laying out a progressive path toward the improvement of industry practices.
This code was developed as per the ISEAL Standards, guaranteeing that its creation was accomplished by means of a participative, diverse and planned process that involved all levels – from producers to the last stakeholders in the supply chain. As part of the framework of the CAPAZ project, a pilot is being implemented in Colombia involving two groups of miners in the municipalities of Suárez and La Llanada, with the purpose of accomplishing gold sales under the CRAFT Code.
The CRAFT Code was created with significant input and assistance from PPA members RMI, Solidaridad, Pact, Intel, and RESOLVE, among others. For more information, please visit craftmines.org or contact RESOLVE (Taylor Kennedy: ).
Dec 14, 2018
Since our founding in 2011, the PPA has been an early engager on several key challenges related to addressing conflict minerals and the establishment/scaling-up of responsible minerals trade. Through alignment sessions, information sharing, and leveraging PPA members’ and partners’ expertise, the PPA has a track record of identifying critical issue areas to address through direct engagement and funding. For example, the PPA’s decision to fund work on artisanal gold, since our very first grants, has led to important design and testing of solutions in this particularly challenging sector.
Over the past two years, we have been glad to see the impact of PPA’s funding of two gold pilot projects expanded through follow-on funding by other donors:
- The PPA was the first to engage on GLR artisanal gold, with an early grant to IMPACT (then Partnership Africa Canada) contributing to the first due diligence system for artisanal gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Through their Just Gold project, IMPACT has continued to work on traceability and due diligence implementation in DRC, and is expanding this work to support women and men in artisanal mining communities to access savings and credit, funded by the European Partnership on Responsible Minerals (EPRM).
- Through a PPA grant, the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) implemented a pilot monitoring system for gold production and trade in eastern DRC and worked to facilitate access to data for stakeholders in support of sector transparency, good governance, and responsible sourcing. Though the PPA grant concluded in June 2017, IPIS and CEGEMI are building off of that research to advance incident reporting and community participation in responsible sourcing through cooperative and civil society capacity enhancement in the eastern DRC gold sector, work that is also funded by EPRM.
It is exciting to see these activities expand their reach and impact, and to consider new ways that the PPA, through early engagement, can help catalyze and incubate new solutions.
Dec 14, 2018
The PPA is commissioning research to explore the roles and barriers to financial institutions in promoting responsible minerals trade from conflict-affected and high-risk areas; and the development of a strategy and materials to promote outreach and education of the sector. The PPA’s Request for Proposals was released in October 2018, and the evaluation process by the Governance Committee is now underway. The GC expects to make a funding recommendation to PPA Funders in mid-January.
Dec 14, 2018
We were glad to see so many PPA members at our seventh PPA member meeting on October 31st in Santa Clara, California, where we had record participation of 44 individuals representing 30 member organizations. For those who missed it, a full meeting summary is available here and includes updates on the PPA’s current work; member guidance on the PPA’s proposed scope of work and activities for 2019-2020; and updates from government partners’ activities and priorities in the Great Lakes Region.
The next member meeting will likely take place in October 2019, ahead of the Responsible Minerals Initiative’s annual conference – stay tuned for future updates.
Oct 29, 2018
On October 8th, the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade released two requests for proposals (RFPs). Queries on the two RFPs were collected until Friday, October 19th. Answers to queries have been posted and can be found on the RFP page, along with the full RFPs.
Respondents may elect to offer proposals for one or both scopes of work.
Proposal requirements, timelines, and submission protocols are available within the individual RFPs. Respondents should submit their proposals no later than 18:00 Eastern Standard Time on Friday, November 9, 2018.
Oct 28, 2018
We are very pleased to welcome Jat Verma, Responsible Sourcing Manager at Apple, to the PPA Governance Committee. Jat replaces Sveta Morris, who stepped down from the Governance Committee when she began a new position at a new company.
In his self-nomination materials, Jat shared that he has worked in the 3TG space for over 10 years, contributing to many industry schemes including mineral traceability in supply chains. He brings experience in the 3TG and cobalt space related to due diligence and civil society in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photos and biographies of the full PPA Governance Committee are available here.
Oct 19, 2018
The Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA) is releasing two concurrent requests for proposals (RFPs) to support legitimate artisanal and small-scale mining of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa. These two scopes of work are aimed at addressing key financial barriers to responsible minerals trade, specifically to:
- Conduct research on the roles and barriers to financial institutions in promoting responsible minerals trade from conflict-affected and high-risk areas; and
- Research, scope, and develop a finance package to support legitimate 3TG artisanal and small-scale mining and complementary (i.e., mining-adjacent) livelihoods.
Respondents should submit their proposals no later than 18:00 Eastern Standard Time on Friday, November 9, 2018. For more information, including the draft RFPs with anticipated timeline, please visit the PPA RFP page.
Aug 17, 2018
The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) launched a new Call for Proposals on August 14. EPRM seeks to support activities to improve conditions in and around 3TG mines and for miners in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, including the Great Lakes Regions. Grants are intended for partnerships with a minimum of two partners, at least one of which must be a company.
EPRM will accept “quick scan” proposals for review and feedback until 14:00 CEST on October 18, 2018, with final, formal proposals due on November 11. A short fact sheet with details is attached and additional information can be found on the EPRM website. EPRM has requested that the PPA share this call for proposals with any interested parties; please feel free to circulate.
RESOLVE and the EPRM secretariat have been exploring opportunities to coordinate and possibly collaborate on projects and funding. As one option, a small group of PPA members will likely to join the EPRM’s advisory committee in early 2019 to review top proposals from this EPRM funding round. RESOLVE is identifying PPA volunteers from the Projects and Resources Work Group and Governance Committee.